Health and Social Care

People are at the heart of healthcare and social services. If you have a passion for improving lives and helping others, a career in this rewarding field could be for you.

An FA in Social Services and Healthcare helps you prepare for a career in a care setting eg, with older adults, people with mental health problems, homeless people, people with addiction issues, care experienced and looked after children and young people. Over 161,000 people are currently employed by NHS Scotland. The number of jobs are still growing, and there are great opportunities for progression, too.

Two of our Social Services and Healthcare Foundation Apprentices have shared their story:

What will I learn?
For your National Progression Award, your topics will be:

  • Social Services in Scotland
  • Safeguarding People
  • Communication in Care Relationships
  • Safe Practice and Wellbeing in Social Services
  • Human Development and Social Influences

To achieve your SVQ units, you’ll be assessed as part of your work placement. You’ll learn how to support effective communication, support the health and safety of yourself and individuals, develop your own knowledge and support the safeguarding of individuals.

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly communication, problem solving, working with others and time management. These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

Entry requirements:
A good level of English or Mathematics (National 5). Must demonstrate a genuine interest in this vocational area


Key info

Over 2 years (5th & 6th year)
Starts: May 2021
Ends: May 2023 
Gardyne Campus: Year 1 & 2: Mon & Wed 2-5pm
Arbroath Campus: Year 1 & 2: Tue 9am-4pm

1 year option (6th year)
Gardyne Campus: Mon, Tues, Wed 2-5pm & Thurs 1-4pm
Arbroath Campus: Tue & Fri 9am-4pm

Please note: delivery of learning and work placements may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, where remote and blended learning may be undertaken alongside or in place of classroom and workplace learning. 

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting our Academic Partnerships Team at or 01382 834847

You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).